Intel to Release Improved Quad-Core Xeon Chips

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 10:14
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Intel has announced that they will officially begin selling more energy-efficient quad-core Xeon processors as of Monday, according to representatives.
The new processors, dubbed the Xeon L5320 and L5310, will consume 12.5 watts of electricity, about a 60% reduction over the company’s current 80-watt and 120-watt quad-core products.
Both chips will feature eight megabytes of on-die cache, the L5320 operating at 1.86 GHz while the L5310 will operate at 1.60 GHz according to Macworld News.
The chips will be priced at US$519 for the L5320 and US$455 for the L5310 when ordered in quantities of 1,000 units.
To date, there’s been no indication as to whether Apple will begin using the new processors in their Mac Pro towers, even though the current generation of Mac Pro units make use of Intel’s Xeon processors. The chips are expected to be available within server products from Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others within the next few months.


Seagate ships 3 Gbps Momentus 7200.2 notebook HDD

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Date: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007, 09:49
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Everyone is working themselves into a lather over the rash of new and fast notebook hard drives recently announced. Personally, I’ll stick with the more spacious (200GB), albeit slower (4200RPM) Toshiba MK2035GSS in my MacBook Pro.

While we were all prepared to wait for Fujitsu’s May release of its MHW2 BJ series, Seagate decided to swoop in for the kill with the Momentus 7200.2. It’s already shipping this comprable 2.5-inch laptop HDD with a 3 Gbps SATA interface (doubled from 1.5 Gbps in the last version). The new Momentus spins itself silly at 7,200 rpm…


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AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002 Workarounds/Fixes Posted

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 11:08
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Significant updates always bring mixed results and in the case of the AirPort Extreme Update 2007-002, some readers over at MacFixIt have reported bette performance via the update while others have reported loss to their wireless routers after applying the update.
A full write up offers advice, fixes and suggestions as to how to remove the update (including reverting the system kernel) if need be.
If you’ve had either positive or negative experiences with the update or have found a workaround/fix that works best for you, let us know.


Guides to Slimming Down iPhoto Posted

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 10:49
Category: Software

As great as iPhoto may be in the eyes of its user base, there’s always a glut of space that gets consumed with its pictures and data. And as the treasured memories consume additional gigabytes of space (iPhoto saving backups whenever edits and saves are made), The Unofficial Apple Weblog has linked to a cool thread on to help you slim down the amount of space consumed by iPhoto.
In addition to this, Adriaan Tijsseling, developer of the ecto, endo and 1001 programs, has posted an instructional guide on using the Terminal program’s commands to remove copies of images created by iPhoto. Albeit the trick means the user will lose the ability to use the Revert command, it could be useful for users trying to reclaim space that had been gobbled up by one of Apple’s most convenient applications.


CrossOver 6.0.1 Update Released

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 10:08
Category: Software

CrossOver, the Windows virtualization software for Intel-based Macs by CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 6.0.1.
The new version, a 28.7 megabyte download (courtesy of VersionTracker), adds the following fixes and improvements over the recently released 6.0 version:
Click the jump for the full story…


MacBook Inferno

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 09:06
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3am last night. I woke up to my girlfriend screaming (yelling “Matty!”) and the dog barking. She fell asleep on the couch in the back lounge of our house. I jumped out of bed and raced out thinking that maybe somebody had come through the back door or something.

As I was running I saw a fire. At first I thought that the lamp had fallen and set fire to the curtain. As I got closer I realised it was my mac book …. burning! I picked it up and blew on it and swung it around to put the flames out. The book shelf it was sitting on was burnt and there were a couple of magazines that were on fire too. I quickly put those out and calmed down.

First point to make – check regularly that your smoke alarm works – ours didn’t go off.Second point (and this is the scary one) – we were damn lucky not to have a house burnt to the ground. I have been out for most of the weekend and this night was the only night I had it charging.

Three more pictures after the jump…

macbook inferno – MacTalk Forums

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LicenseKeeper 1.0

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Date: Monday, March 12th, 2007, 09:56
Category: Software

After reading about this little diddy on TUAW I had to check it out myself. Outer Level’s LicenseKeeper 1.0 is a US$20 software license manager that stores all the pesky serial numbers and license files that you undoubtedly have cluttering your hard drive in one neat place. (You do have licenses for all your software, don’t you?)

If you’re anything like me you probably keep your software licenses in a Microsoft Excel file, or worse just stored in email, which you then rely on Spotlight searching to find.

The problem is that not every application uses a simple serial number methodology. Some programs use license files and/or receipts to register themselves and LicenseKeeper has these covered as well. Inside the application you can attach an email, document or application to each record, so you’ll never have to hunt around for that license file next time you upgrade your hard drive or change computers and need to re-install your apps.

Outer Level : LicenseKeeper 1.0

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Apple May Use RFID Tags to Help Simplify Networking, Setup

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 14:53
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A patent submitted to the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office on September 6th of 2005 and published for the first time on Thursday explains how Apple my be looking to incorporate RFID tags into future generations of their products.
The patent filing, entitled “RFID Network Arrangement”, describes a setup in which a network router such as an AirPort Extreme Base Station could hold an RFID transceiver that would contain the device’s configuration. The unit could then communicate with any Wi-Fi enabled device that contained a synchronized RFID tag and pass along information such as authentication and encryption data.
Such a setup could help automatically configure a software setup without having to prompt the user for information such as specific settings, etc. according to AppleInsider.
One advantage mentioned by Apple in the filing is that an RFID-equipped device wouldn’t need to be turned on to communicate with an RFID transceiver. The tags could passively transmit information to each other while completely independent from a power supply or aided by a smaller power supply. Once activated, the devices can transmit information to each other and to compatible devices on a network. This feature could prove useful for devices that lack visual displays as well as input components, the Apple remote and keyboards being examples of this.
If you have any comments or ideas about this, let us know.


Palm Hires Former Apple Engineer in Bid to Compete With iPhone

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 12:52
Category: iPhone

Palm and Apple Sitting in a TreePalm Inc., the maker of hand-held computers, has hired a top Silicon Valley software designer as it seeks to respond to the challenge posed by Apple’s new iPhone.

The designer, Paul Mercer, a former Apple computer engineer, began work three weeks ago at Palm on a line of new products, a company spokeswoman said, but she declined to comment further on the project.

Mr. Mercer, 39, joined Palm with two employees from Iventor, the independent design firm that he headed in Palo Alto, Calif., but Palm did not acquire the company, said the spokeswoman, Marlene Somsak. Palm is based in nearby Sunnyvale.

Palm Responds to the iPhone – New York Times

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Apple “ThinBook” May Run iPhone Version of Mac OS X

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Date: Friday, March 9th, 2007, 12:53
Category: Rumor

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu has stated that Apple’s rumored “ThinBook” (a thinner, lighter version of the MacBook laptop) will both run on a Flash-based hard drive in lieu of a traditional hard disk drive as well as run on the same “lite” version of the Macs OS X operating system that Apple’s iPhone will run on.
For additional details on the topic, check out Jason O’Grady’s Apple Core blog.
And now, the real question: what would you make of a flash drive in lieu of a hard drive inside your trusty MacBook or MacBook Pro laptop?